Heavenly Father,
I am going to truly savor this moment because I will never have it again. Each moment is beautiful and unique in its own way. Most of all, it becomes priceless when I share it with You. It will only last a second but it becomes eternal when I live it with You. My awareness of Your very presence changes everything. I’ve been told that You, Lord God Almighty, created me and have been with me since the beginning; yet when I draw close to You in the present moment, my moments become eternal filled with purpose, joy and completeness. The only way I can draw close to You without sin is through Jesus Christ.
Any moment can become holy when I live it with You: when I look at an angry fit-throwing toddler and see through Your eyes the need for love and guidance; when I stand at the washer sorting through another mountain of dirty socks and underwear, I am humbled by the tender ways You continually care for us; when a dear family I love is spending what seems to be the last days of a loved one’s life, I know each moment is precious, short and eternal all at the same time; when I sit on the patio with a cup of coffee and am quiet in Your presence, You fill me, refresh and restore me; when I am stuck in traffic and I’m late to get to my destination, I am grateful for Your reminder to slow down and enjoy the moment; when someone is rude, You give me insight they need extra prayer; when I hear bad news, I stop and turn to You and recall that You are in control and will work all things together for good for those who love You; when I start to worry about one of my children or grandchildren, You remind me of how You helped me through all my trials and drew me closer to You—I can trust You to do that with them, as well; when I hear of riots, earthquakes, and hurricanes, I know there will be many turning to You in the midst of those painful disasters; when I see a single flower bloom, or trees swaying in the breeze, I revel in Your glory that surrounds us with such beauty.
Any moment becomes holy and eternal with You, Lord. All I have to do is stop and turn to You. It can be a dull boring moment, a scary moment, a painful moment, a tearful moment, a peaceful moment, a confusing moment, a weary moment… all moments are given by You and can become holy just by turning to You. Most of all, I thank You for that eternal moment when You sent Jesus to die for my sins and be raised again so I could choose to live forever with You. That moment changed everything! May all my moments be lived with You—forever!
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“But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” 2 Timothy 1:8b—10
“But I trust in You, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in Your hands…” Psalm 31:14—15a
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
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Prayer Prompt-
Heavenly Father, help me share this moment with You…

Heavenly Father,

As we get reports on different stories coming out of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey dumping torrential rains and causing widespread flooding, I am once again reminded of Your eternal presence no matter what we have to go through. So far, I have heard of 15 deaths and over 500 deep water rescues. Countless homes, schools, churches and communities are under water right now. Businesses, earthly investments, and worldly dreams may have been blown apart or drowned in the powerful winds and deep waters…but even more valuable eternal riches are being discovered in a new way.

When our earthly security is shaken, we often turn more fully to You, Lord, for our eternal security. We may lose everything including our home, only to find that You are our everlasting shelter. We could lose a loved one, and find that You never ever leave us. Our dream of a business might be washed away, but hopefully we find Your kingdom which stands forever. We, or someone we know, may have come eerily close to death, only to find eternal life through Jesus Christ.

We will continue to see and hear more reports of devastation and rescues from this tropical storm. As we watch and pray, may we be reminded that what looks like the end is often the beginning. As we pray for those in the midst of pain and suffering, may we pray with confidence that You are right there with them- each in a very personal way, coaching them on, opening their eyes to the eternal new life before them found in Jesus Christ. Some hurricanes come in the form of water, others come in the form of cancer, chronic or terminal illness, death of a loved one, financial ruin, divorce, a lost job, a legal mess, a broken relationship…It may truly appear as the end for those going through it; but I pray it is just the beginning of an ever deepening relationship with You. That’s what true life is. I love You, Lord.

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“You will hear of wars and rumors of war, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pangs.”  Matthew 24:6-8

“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are Mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.”   Isaiah 43:1-2

“A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke Him, saying ‘Master, Master, we’re going to drown!’ He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. ‘Where is your faith? He asked the disciples.”  Luke 8:23-25

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Prayer Prompt-

Father, I pray for those going through the flooding from the hurricane…and for me to see You in my own hurricane…

Most Holy Father,

There is only one time in my life I can recall feeling like I had lost all hope. What a horrible experience to be without hope. No one should be without it. It didn’t last long for me…maybe just long enough to get a taste of it so I could recognize it and have compassion for those without it. My most hopeless time came when my first husband Steve “died in my arms” after a long battle with a terminal illness. He was brought back, but the hopelessness came from knowing there was no way he was getting through the sickness without dying. We both already knew in our minds he would eventually succumb to death, but that practice run made it all too real.

The strange thing was that at our lowest point of hopelessness, we found a hope that could never be taken away. That trial run at death also gave him a practice run to heaven. There is no greater hope to help us through this life than to trust in Jesus whom You sent to save us from our hopeless situation. Only He was worthy to pay the price for our sins through giving His own pure life as a sacrifice. No matter what goes on in this world; no matter what anyone can do to us; no matter how hopeless the world or our personal situation can appear…our hope is in Jesus Christ. When we have that hope, we can hold on to You, Lord, knowing that any kind of suffering we must endure here will all fade away in Your glorious presence. Our hope is in You and Your Son and Your Holy Spirit, even though we cannot see You with our earthly eyes.

About a year after that trial run, Steve took his last breath and graduated from this life. He no longer needs hope. It is reality. He is living a life that is more than he could ever hope for or imagine. Over 24 years ago, right after Steve’s death, I began going to a group at a hospital designed to help those who were grieving. Yet the emphasis on eternal life was missing. It was heartbreaking to hear the hopelessness in most of the people. If death is the end, and there is no hope of eternal life with You, what hope is there? Ever since, I know I need to always hold on to my hope in You so I can share that eternal invincible hope with others. There is no hope without Him.  Jesus Christ is our hope. There is nothing more real!

PS. Happy birthday in heaven, Steve!

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“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  Hebrews 11:1

“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”  Psalm 62:5-6

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans15:13

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Prayer Prompt-

Heavenly Father, my hope is in…